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The Hammer (2007)

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A 40-year-old who gave up a promising amateur boxing career 21 years ago is offered a path to the Olympics.

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Kevin Hench (screenplay), Adam Carolla (story)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Adam Carolla ... Jerry Ferro
Oswaldo Castillo Oswaldo Castillo ... Oswaldo Sanchez
Harold House Moore ... Robert Brown
Christopher Darga ... Mike LeMat
Jonathan Hernandez ... Victor Padilla
Heather Juergensen ... Lindsay Pratt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Lincoln Alayo ... Boxer Opponent (as Paul Alayo)
Rian Bishop ... Nationals Trainer
Ascencion Bribiescas Ascencion Bribiescas ... Boxing Student
Antonio Caballero Antonio Caballero
Derrick Deane Derrick Deane ... Gym Member
Lorenzo Eduardo ... Posse Member #2
John Enos III ... Steve
Kevin Ferguson Kevin Ferguson ... Jeff
Jim FitzGerald Jim FitzGerald ... Announcer
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Storyline

Jerry Ferro's 40th birthday has brought his life into sharp relief and it's not a pretty picture. A once-promising amateur boxer -- who quit so he wouldn't risk his perfect record of underachievement -- Jerry has been knocking around from one construction job to another and spinning his wheels in an unsatisfying relationship, all the while with an eye toward eventually getting his act together. His last connection to the fight game is the evening boxing class he teaches to middle-aged, middle class, middle management types at a gym in Pasadena, where he also works as a handyman. When venerable boxing coach Eddie Bell asks Jerry if he'd like to spar a couple of rounds with Malice Blake, an up-and-coming pro, Jerry reluctantly steps into the ring. Despite the ass-kicking Jerry otherwise receives, a one-punch knockdown of Blake convinces Jerry that it's time to make his return to competitive boxing. Thus ends a 20-year layoff and begins a hilarious fish-out-water quest for Olympic gold. Written by Anonymous

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boxing | olympics | gym | coach | birthday | See All (55) »

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You're never too old to go for the gold. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$97,137, 23 March 2008

Gross USA:

$443,591

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$443,591
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Trivia

The gym used in "The Hammer" is the same gym used in Showtime's Ray Donovan (2013). Confirmed by Adam Carolla on Twitter. See more »

Goofs

In order to open the door to Jerry's pick-up, he has Lindsay lift the handle while he kicks the door from the inside. When they return from their date to the tar pits, Lindsay simply opens the door using the outside handle, but does not have to kick or push to open it. See more »

Quotes

Coach Bell: This guy was not the number one ranked amateur five years ago for nothing.
Jerry Ferro: What's he been doing for the last five years?
Coach Bell: He's been doing five years.
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Connections

References Pale Rider (1985) See more »

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Secrets Of Good Loving
(uncredited)
Written by James Kalamasz & Danny Kirsic
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User Reviews

 
Sometimes simplicity is the best policy...
28 July 2008 | by mnyman1965See all my reviews

I rented this last night from Blockbuster, upon reading the comments on IMDb. I had been eyeing it on my past few visits, and finally decided to give it a shot. Yep, it was good, and I was not surprised. Adam Corolla is a smart man, he came up with a decent story and had somebody write a decent script for it. While I'm not a huge fan, I like his deadpan humor quite a bit, and he uses it to full effect in his movie. He doesn't play a character he essentially is himself, and it works, he doesn't try to act himself into something he's not. What I was surprised about is his athletic agility, I didn't realize he was so athletic, or did he have stand ins? I'll give it a second watch and pay more attention to that. All in all, nice simple story, no special effects, just a good low budget movie about human beings and a somewhat surprising ending that I won't spoil. Not that it is in my top ten movies of all time, but maybe my recent top ten. Go ahead, give it a watch and enjoy it. I did. Sometimes simplicity is the best policy, I hope Adam will do another one and keep it simple again...


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